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U.S. life expectancy drops for the first time in 25 years

 Life Expectancy in the US has Dropped

Life Expectancy has moved in the wrong direction

For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year.   This is truly a troubling new development.   The rates are impacted by the  worsening health problems in the US such as Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Hypertension.

life expectancyHeart attacks, strokes, stress, drug overdoses,medical mistakes as well as many other factors on expectancy, that has been shown in the new study released  by the National Center for Health Statistics.   The shocking discovery,  death rates went up in 8 of the top 10 leading causes of death in the Country.

Princeton economist Anne Case says we should be very worried.  She has been a proponent for more thorough research on the rise in fatalities from coronary heart disease.  The stats show this theo be the top killer in the United States.  She tells of how medication errors has become the #3 leading cause of preventable deaths.

Approximately 10 months ago, newly published  research from  Angus Deaton, another economist from Princeton, become a hit with bringing worldwide attention to  the death (mortality)  stats with white middle-aged Individuals. That trend, it seems,  is brought on by what has been labeled as “diseases of despair”   Example, overdosing on drugs, drinking too much alcohol as well  as the number of suicides. The new report raises the possibility that major illnesses may be eroding prospects for an even wider group of Americans.

Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan found increases across the board.   Over the past half decade, improvements in death rates were the lowest in the past 40 Years. Overall, life expectancy dropped by .10 of a year, from 78.8 in 2014 to 78.7 in the year 2015.  The last time U.S. life expectancy at declined was in 23 years ago in 1993.  in 1993 , dropped from 75.5 to 75.3, according to World Bank data.

The actual death rate increased by 1.2 % in the year 2015.  This was the first rise since 1999. More than 2,700,000 individuals died.  Almost half died from heart disease or cancer.  These two are the #1 and #2 killers.  The third leading cost of death is preventable medication errors.  A smart pill box is very effective in solving the home medication mistake problem.

Data single year  could reverse next year, they said.  Jiaquan Xu, an epidemiologist and the  head of the study, said,  “So many leading causes of death increased.”  The report did  show a drop in death rates from cancer.  The guess is because less men and women are smoking these days.   Diseases are also being detected earlier so they are more treatable.

The biggest increase was for Alzheimer’s disease related deaths.  They went from 25.3 to 29.3 deaths per 100K.   However, many of the experts say that greater reporting of the disease as a cause of death, not by any big increase in numbers of individuals who ave died.

Death rates rose for Caucasian Males and Females as well as in African American Males.

They dis stay about the same for African American Females as well as Hispanic Males and Females.   Ellen Meara,from Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice wonders what were the different factors  in holding out Hispanics from the downward trend.  The report stated, men expect to live 76.3 years at birth in 2015, reduced from 76.5 in the year 2014. Women are expected to live to 81.2 years, lower  than 81.3 from 2013.

Life expectancy at age 65 did not fall, another indication that the diseases behind the lower life expectancy occur in middle age or younger. At 65, men can expect to live 18 more years, while women survive an average of 20.6 more years, the data shows. Infant mortality rose slightly, according to the report, but the difference was not considered statistically significant.

Heart disease: 633,000 deaths in 2015.  This has risen from the 614 thousand form 2014. In addition, Cancers killed just under 600 Thousand in 2014.  Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  says that numbers are skewed based on the rise in obesity which causes an increase in coronary disease.

Accidental deaths, such as drugs and alcohol ve-doses, as well as automobile fatalities, rose  to 146 thousand in 2015.  There was no significant change from the year before.  The overdoses from prescription narcotics and heroin  has skyrocketed.

Suicides is the 10th-leading cause of death,  44,171 in 2013 and then 42,795 in 2014.

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